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RATINGS: 1488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgium’s six official abbey breweries. Achel 8° is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. it’s up there with the rarest of beers. This blond, flavorful beer is a surprisingly refreshing brew at 8% alcohol by volume. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining and refermenting in the bottle.

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4.1
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 16, 2007
Cloudy golden colour, generous white head. Aroma of citrus, spices and hay. Flavour is very rich: spices (coriander), fruits (citrus, lemon, oranges). Very smooth, very fresh. Awesome!

3.8
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Imediate ale smell, but with all the nicer belgian qualities. Flowery, oranges. Large white head that lasts throughout. I do taste a little salt, malt, sweet start and bitter finish. A touch of alc is also noticeable. Not as spicey as some of the other Trappists but very good.

4
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
33cL bottle, from old notes. Hazy deep golden yellow with rocky stark white foam. Nice hoppy aroma with honey-ish malt notes. Flavor is perfectly bittersweet with the earthy hops complementing the rich pale malts, fairly bitter finish and damn smooth mouthfeel.

4.1
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2007
Tasted on beer festival at Niel. A lovely tasting beer. verry hopy and a good bitter taste.

3.3
valpoaj (744) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Wow...took me a while to find my beer underneath the ridiculous head left from a relatively weak pour. Looked like a bubble bath in a mug! Aroma is somewhat musty and earthy with hints of bread and spice. Spicy flavor...really hits hard up front, then lightens up, becomes mildly sweet and ends with a warm finish. Very strong alcohol flavor...nothing wonderful, but nothing bad either, but I would have to say not worth the price...definitely a good experience however!

3.4
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle.. Pours amber with foamy white head. Tastes of fruit / coriander / honey. Caramel / honey / nuts / cloves in the aroma.

3.6
downender (8660) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Pale, slightly opaque gold with a big, fluffy white head. Aroma of hay, sweet malt and floral hops. Flavour started sweet before a spicy edge and a warming alcohol finish. Very good.

3.7
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours pretty gold with a huge off-white head and enormous chunks of yeast sediment in the last 2-3 oz. The aroma is floral and pleasant, with many light honey and bread tones. The flavor is honey, flowers, grass, oranges, sweet lemon. It dries out a little toward the finish, as some breadiness kicks in as well. Pretty good.

4.2
OldMrCrow (2440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2007
2004 bottle tasted Sept 2007.

Pours a soft gold with a small white head, relatively clear as I left the heavy sediment in the last 5mm of the bottle. The aroma is stone fruit - peaches and apricots - and honey, with gentle hints of cut-apple sourness. The flavor is a spendid and ever-so-smooth procession of flavors: gently sweet honeycomb, peaches with a hint of banana, coriander and spice, turning dry, woody, on the finish offered by the three-year-aged hops.

The mouthfeel is light and almost effervescent, not to the point of being thin but entirely to the point that this is neither heavy, oily, nor sticky beer. It’s really lovely in that respect.

All around, this one shines. I’ll be interested to try it fresh and see whether that compares.

4.2
janubio (863) - SPAIN - SEP 20, 2007
33 cl bottle, pours a deep golden hazy colour, good head, it doesn’t last much but leaves a nice cloak and lace. Acid aroma, floral, citrus, coriander and clove. Taste is acid, champagne-liked, spici, sour apples, confitted fruits.almonds and even some chocolate Sweet finish.


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